‘Big Little Lies’ could finally win Emmys for Dern and Skarsgard acting dynasties

Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgard number among the 16 Emmy nominations for“Big Little Lies,” with each contending for their supporting performance in this limited series. While they do not appear in a scene together until the final episode (“You Get What You Need”), they could end up together backstage at the Emmys as winners. Should they prevail it would be the first Emmy for anyone in their acting clans.

Dern has lost all five of her previous Emmy bids which were all for different projects: Best Movie/Mini Actress for “Afterburn” (1992), Best Drama Guest Actress for “Fallen Angels” (1994), Best Comedy Guest Actress for “Ellen” (1997), Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress for “Recount” (2008) and Best Comedy Actress for “Enlightened” (2013). She is the daughter of two performers who have yet to win at the Emmys as well: Bruce Dern contended in 2011 for “Big Love” while Diane Ladd is a three-time also-ran (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” 1993, “Grace Under Fire” 1994 and “Touched by an Angel” 1997).

Dern delivers a scene-stealing performance in the Emmy frontrunner for Best Limited Series. However, while she currently leads our odds, she may have to worry about splitting votes with her co-star and fellow nominee Shailene Woodley.

Skarsgard is the son of Stellan Skarsgård who has toiled in films for more than four decades. The veteran actor has appeared in everything from “Good Will Hunting,” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” to “Thor,” and Lars Von Trier’s “Melancholia,” the latter of which featured his son.

While his father has been focused on film, the younger Skarsgard first came to fame as the vampire you loved to hate on HBO’s “True Blood.” He reaped his first-ever Emmy bid for his role as an abusive husband and as of this writing he leads with odds of 6/5, which translates to a 45% chance of winning.

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